Wolves win, culling cancelled

Wolves win, culling cancelled

Yesterday marked a great win for the Norwegian natural conservationist community. The culling of almost 50 wolves is cancelled, leaving a population of about 70 individuals. The scheduled culling has caused an international uproar after its announcement earlier this fall, after...

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Making time for deep work

Making time for deep work

Now that we’re off from uni for the holidays, I can’t really update you on what we’re doing at school lately (not that I’ve been sticking to the Sunday=weekly summary plan religiously). Therefore, I want to write about finding time for deep work during...

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The last day of the first semester

The last day of the first semester

Today was the last day of my first semester at vet school. It has flown by so fast, I feel like it was August yesterday. Therefore, as a way to reminisce, I’ve put together a few images and little stories from this semester, to look back at one of the most...

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10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

At the time of writing this, I have precisely two months left until my cell biology exam. And although that may seem like a lot of time, I assure you, it isn’t. If I am to be able to get through all the learning goals before the end of Christmas, I have to...

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Zebrafish and lovely moments

Zebrafish and lovely moments

This is going to have to be a shorter entry, because I had a ton of embryology homework to do today. So, even though I could write an entire wall of text on everything from today’s hearing to yesterday’s class Christmas party, I’m going to save that for...

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Holiday prep work, embryology, and the little victories

Holiday prep work, embryology, and the little victories

Christmas break is fast approaching, and although I’m looking forward to taking some time off, and seeing my family again, I can’t forget about vet school entirely. Since our exams aren’t until after the holidays, I have put some thought into what...

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On competitiveness and teamwork

On competitiveness and teamwork

Tim Ferriss “Tools of Titans” is pretty high up on my Christmas wish list this year, so when I saw that one of the most recent episodes of his podcast was a narration of a chapter on Josh Waitzkin, I had to give it a listen. Pretty early on in the narration, Tim...

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Ethics in genomics and the First Sunday of Advent

Ethics in genomics and the First Sunday of Advent

The genetics part of the cell biology block is coming to an end, and although it has been a bit dry at times, I think it’ll grow on me when we start our ELSA-assignments next week. ELSA is an acronym for the Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects research...

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An age of extinction

An age of extinction

Every other year the World Wildlife Fund publishes the Living Planet Report. Based on the Living Planet Index, it’s the world’s leading science-based analysis on the health of our planet, and the alarming rate of extinction among species.

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Genetics with a side of cinnamon buns

Genetics with a side of cinnamon buns

Lately, even though we've had far fewer lectures than normal, all I seem to be doing is stare at my computer, clicking just about all the videos I can find on how DNA works. As I’m typing this I have another Word doc open with the task sheet that’s due this...

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On the fur industry

On the fur industry

Last weekend I went to a huge torchlight procession against the Norwegian fur industry. Even though I’ve wanted to go for several years, I haven’t actually been to one before. This year however, I went with two of my friends from vet school, and was completely...

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Trying out weird memorisation tools

Trying out weird memorisation tools

We’re already a week into the genetics part of the cell biology course, and even though we’re well into our fourth (!) book this semester, I thought I’d take my own advice and try out some spaced repetition. As I mentioned in my last post, our professor suggested a strange memorising tool, namely connecting biochemical processes to weird or even lewd concepts. I’ve decided to take this one step further, and combine three different tools for remembering, in this case, glycolysis.

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The ONE advice all first-year vet students should know

The ONE advice all first-year vet students should know

The fourth and final entry in the series is here, and today’s post is quite different from anything I’ve done on vettobe.com before. I’ve asked three major youtubers/instagrammers of the vet society what one thing they think all first-year vet student should know. So without further ado, here’s what they had to say:

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How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

The belated third entry of the four-week project is here, and this week I’m discussing how to focus and prioritise as a first-year vet student. However, this can be applied to almost any type of university degree, or transition to a larger amount of coursework, as figuring out the 80/20 of your efforts, that being the 20 percent of work that produces 80 percent of the results, is hugely beneficial regardless of field.

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When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

I’m not a huge believer in the saying «when the going gets tough, the tough gets going», and I very much subscribe to the engineering school of thought of finding smart solutions to repeated problems. If you find yourself struggling with the same thing day after day the best solution will never be gritting your teeth and simply “pushing through” whatever obstacle you’re facing, it is implementing a sustainable system to deal with it. This goes for almost any repeated issue, whether it is conflict at work, a leaky faucet, or that clothes pile on the chair in the corner. Today however, I’m taking on the daily annoyance of distractions and procrastination.

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What should you know before starting vet school? – on background knowledge and useful experience

What should you know before starting vet school? – on background knowledge and useful experience

This is the second part of a four-part series on “what you should know as a first-year vet student”. Click here for the introductory blog post on what the series is about, and click here for the first post, on the metrics of vet school. For the second entry in the four-part series, I have compiled a list of what I think are some useful ways to prepare for vet school. So without further ado, here are my five picks for useful background knowledge to have before entering vet school:

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What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

Today marks my twentieth blog post on vettobe.com! I can’t believe how fast this autumn is going, it feels like it was September 1st yesterday. So since the Sunday posts are dedicated to the four-week project for the next three Sundays, I thought I’d give you a bit of an update about what we’re currently learning, and how I’m keeping up with my coursework.

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The metrics of vet school – how many hours does a vet student have to study?

The metrics of vet school – how many hours does a vet student have to study?

Week one of the new four-week blog project! This week is all about how many hours the average vet student devotes to schoolwork per week. The first day of university, the student counselor told us that according to the school’s surveys, the average vet student at our school studied for about 42/43 hours per week. That adds up to more than six hours of schoolwork per day. If you compare that to the average 100% full-time work week, which for most Norwegians is about 37,5 hours per week, that’s more than 112%(!)

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A four-week guide to what you should know as a first-year vet student

A four-week guide to what you should know as a first-year vet student

This post is just a quick announcement for a project I have planned, namely a four-week guide to what you should know before starting vet school/as a first-year vet student. These are things that I wish I’d known, and that I’m still curious to find out. Throughout these four weeks, I’ll be collecting data on everything from how much studying is required on a day-to-day basis, conducting interviews with vets and vet students, and trying out study and time management experiments to see if I can up my productivity in just four weeks.

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